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« on: July 26, 2016, 21:24 »
It's summer, the Tour de France is over - this means that the Tour of Denmark is around the corner!

A little bit of history (and then more)[1]

The root to this race was laid in 1983 by Henrik "Rico" Elmgreen, who held several criteriums around the country over the course of one week. The winner of this series was Kim Andersen (now DS at Trek-Segafredo), who also won in 1984.
For 1985, the race secured sponsorship from the Bikuben Foundation. It was known as Bikubens Danmark Rundt, and was now a real stage race which attracted several foreign teams. The first winner was Moreno Argentin, world champion a year later; the 1986 edition was won by Jesper Worre who is now the race director. The race continued until 1988, but then it wasn't held for 7 years (I presume because of sponsorship shortage).
In 1995, fueled by the success of Danish cyclists like Bjarne Riis and Rolf Sørensen (although their era is now tainted by doping) it came back: Because of the sponsorship from the Danish postal agency, Post Danmark, it was henceforth known as Post Danmark Rundt - and in fact that name has been imprinted into my own consciousness to such an extent that if I heard only "Danmark Rundt" I would think there's something missing.
The palmarès has both Danish and foreign names, including Bjarne Riis, Jakob Piil, Servais Knaven, Tyler Hamilton, David Millar, Sebastian Lang, Ivan Basso, and Simon Gerrans. Rolf Sørensen had a history of runner-up places, finishing just short of the victory five times from 1987 to 1999, before finally winning in 2000.
Kurt-Åsle Arvesen has won twice, and in 2004 he won only because his teammate Jens Voigt let him win one of the intermediate sprints on the last stage, and thus gave him the lead (in a matter similar to that of Simon Gerrans in the 2013 Tour de France). That year also saw the first stage finish in Vejle, after three laps including the short, but brutal 22% ascent of Kiddesvej. This is now a mainstay and often the deciding stage of the race (together with the time trial).
The most successful rider, however, is Jakob Fuglsang with three - consecutive! - victories from 2008 to 2010, the first of these while riding for Team Designa Køkken, beating the might of CSC-Saxo Bank.

Kurt-Åsle Arvesen is central to my own earliest memory of the race from the roadside: In 2002 the race crossed the border for the first (and until now, only) time on a stage to Sønderborg, with the riders completing a loop through Flensburg (the city I went to high school in, riding a total of 90 km by bus every day) with a hill sprint up the steep Toosbüystraße. The Norwegian, then riding for Team Fakta, had a puncture at the bottom of the hill - but he must have recovered, as he finished second that year. I still hope that Flensburg will be a part of the route again soon - now that the city has a mayor from the Danish minority, there should be a possibility of it coming true (maybe even as a finish town).
In 2006 Fabian Cancellara showed his talent after being overlooked for the Tour de France: He won the stage to Vejle (which was the second stage I saw at the roadside; first at Denmark's highest point - a whole 173 m! - and later at the finish) and the ITT on road to overall victory.
I also saw the final stage in 2007 (while looking for an apartment in Copenhagen), being witness to Mark Cavendish's first triumph on Danish soil.
Because I was on holiday, I didn't see anything of the 2008 or 2009 editions; but I went to Rudersdal north of Copenhagen in 2010 to see the final stage (which also doubled as a test of the 2011 World Championships circuit), won by Hayden Roulston who together with two other escapees narrowly held off the sprinters.
In 2011, I went to Jylland to ride the "Kongeetapen" cyclotour a few hours ahead of the pros, and then stood on Kiddesvej when Jakob Fuglsang took the stage win as a consolation prize (he was thrown out of GC contention by missing the echelons on stage 1). The next day I took the train to Helsingør and saw Richie Porte get the same consolation prize (he had also missed out on the echelons, but won the ITT). And on Sunday I was back in Frederiksberg (a sub-urban district of Copenhagen - it is, however, a separate municipality) for the traditional final on "Denmark's Champs-Élysées", won by Theo Bos.
2012 "only" saw me taking a train across the Great Belt and a bus to Kerteminde in order to watch that year's ITT, where Lieuwe Westra won the stage and took the overall lead, as well as the Frederiksberg finish - again won by Mark Cavendish.
In 2013, I stood on Asnæs Indelukke to witness Magnus Cort's magnificent uphill acceleration that brought him his second stage win of the race, and later I followed the Holbæk ITT where Wilco Kelderman took the leader's jersey. The next day, I saw the riders off in Roskilde and took the train back to Frederiksberg where Mark Cavendish[2] took the final stage.
In 2014, I only followed one stage, the last one from Kalundborg to Frederiksberg - but I did so in a photographer's car, criss-crossing the route, seeing the riders pass several times, and watching the final circuit where the race was turned upside-down.
I went to Vejle for the queen stage last year, to Helsingør for the ITT, and of course was at the final stage on Frederiksberg.
Now that I've moved to Germany I won't be at the race this year - for the first time since 2009.

A book about the first 25 editions of the race, 1985-2015, was published in Danish last year. I bought it, but to my shame have yet to read it.

Previous years' race threads: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

PREVIOUSWINNERS
1985 *it Moreno Argentin Sammontana-Bianchi
1986 *dk Jesper Worre Santini-Cierre
1987 *dk Kim Andersen Toshiba-Look-La Vie Claire
1988 *au Phil Anderson TVM-Van Schilt
1995 *dk Bjarne Riis Gewiss-Ballan
1996 *it Fabrizio Guidi Scrigno-Blue Storm
1997 *nl Servais Knaven TVM-Farm Frites
1998 *be Marc Streel Casino
1999 *usa Tyler Hamilton US Postal
2000 *dk Rolf Sørensen Rabobank
2001 *uk David Millar Cofidis
2002 *dk Jakob Piil Team CSC-Tiscali
2003 *de Sebastian Lang Gerolsteiner
2004 *no Kurt-Åsle Arvesen Team CSC
2005 *it Ivan Basso Team CSC
2006 *ch Fabian Cancellara Team CSC
2007 *no Kurt-Åsle Arvesen Team CSC
2008 *dk Jakob Fuglsang Team Designa Køkken
2009 *dk Jakob Fuglsang Team Saxo Bank
2010 *dk Jakob Fuglsang Team Saxo Bank
2011 *au Simon Gerrans Team Sky
2012 *nl Lieuwe Westra Vacansoleil-DCM
2013 *nl Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
2014 *dk Michael Valgren Team Tinkoff-Saxo
2015 *dk Christopher Juul-Jensen Tinkoff-Saxo


The parcours

Stage 1: Herning - Esbjerg, 200 km

Starting in Herning, also known as the start town of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, the race heads south towards Varde and Ribe, Denmark's oldest city. Shortly after Ribe, there's the very narrow bridge of Kammerslusen followed by a 10-km stretch atop a dyke directly at the North Sea coast. This wreaked havoc with the race in 2011 when a.o. Fuglsang and Porte dropped out of overall contention on the first stage - and you can be sure it will spell the end for someone's GC ambitions again. The stage finishes in Esbjerg with three laps of a 3.5 km circuit.

Stage 2: Rømø - Sønderborg, 180 km

Starting on the Wadden Sea island of Rømø, the peloton will cross the 11-km dam to the mainland early in the stage - with a danger of crosswinds that doesn't diminish as they continue southward along the coast to Højer. A short cobble section in Møgeltønder spices up the middle of the stage that's raced on small roads close to the German border. Reaching the east coast in Kruså, the riders continue on mostly small roads to Sønderborg where they will ride 3 laps of a challenging 6.7 km circuit that finishes with the cobbled uphill to Dybbøl Mølle, a memorial to the 1864 battle at this place.
While the spectators wait for the men's peloton to arrive in Sønderborg, there will be a 1.5-hour women's criterium on the finishing circuit. The winner of that will take home 27500 DKK (~3500 €)

Stage 3: Aabenraa - Vejle, 180 km

The queen stage of the race. Starting in Aabenraa and heading north through a.o. Haderslev and Kolding, the final starts at km 130 with the Østengaard climb, soon followed by the viciously steep Gl. Kongevej/Chr. Winthersvej (>20%) that saw its debut in last year's race. The 5.7 km final circuit with the climbs of Koldingvej and Kiddesvej (20%) will guarantee lots of splits in the peloton.

Stage 4: Nyborg ITT, 19.6 km
For the first time in several years there aren't two half-stages on the penultimate day of the race - the riders will like that. Instead, there's a comparatively long ITT that due to its length may be too decisive for GC; let's hope that it only provides a tough challenge for the best riders on stages 1-3 and not a springboard for a great timetriallist to leapfrog everyone after a mostly anonymous race.
The ITT is held in and around Nyborg, one of the oldest towns on the island of Funen.

Stage 5: Karrebæksminde - Frederiksberg, 185 km

Starting in the summer house settlement of Karrebæksminde, the final stage heads to the Copenhagen area through some beautiful landscape in Southern Zealand. Once the peloton has arrived in Frederiksberg, 10 laps of the traditional 6-km circuit in Frederiksberg await before the final stage winner is found and the overall winner is celebrated on "Denmark's Champs-Élysées", Frederiksberg Allé.


The jerseys
The GC leader's jersey has changed colour from yellow to blue. This is to signify the unification of the Danish and Swedish postal services in one company, PostNord, that has blue as its corporate colour.
The points jersey is sponsored by Riwal and takes the yellow colour.
The hill (not mountain) jersey is white with small blue Novo Nordisk logos as it's sponsored by that company.
The U23 jersey is white with a bit of green, sponsored by Škoda.
Additionally there's a fighter competition sponsored by Julemærkefonden that awards a podium-only multi-coloured jersey, and a team classification sponsored by DANA.

#blue GC - rider with lowest overall time, taking into account bonus seconds from intermediate sprints (3"-2"-1") & finishes (10"-6"-4" except for the ITT)
#yellow Points - rider with most points, awarded at intermediate sprints (5-3-1 points) & finishes (15->1 points for the top-12)
#kom Hills - rider with most hill points, awarded at hill sprints (10-6-4-2 points)
#white U23 - U23 rider with lowest overall time, taking into account bonus seconds from intermediate sprints (3"-2"-1") & finishes (10"-6"-4" except for the ITT)
#combat Fighter - 10-6-4-2 points per stage awarded by jury
#team Team - best team (best three times on each stage count)


The teams
Three WorldTour teams, eight ProConti outfits, four Danish Conti teams and a Danish national squad make for a total of 16 teams on the official startlist.

#tinkoff Tinkoff
They won the race last year with Chris Juul-Jensen who's however moved on to Orica - BikeExchange. Nevertheless, 2014 winner Michael Valgren is supported by a very good international squad and should be one of the favourites for the overall win.

#jumbo Team LottoNL - Jumbo
Tom van Asbroeck and Moreno Hofland will hope for good results in the sprints, but I don't immediately see a name that could challenge for the overall.

#astana Astana Pro Team
Without their Dane Jakob Fuglsang, the Kazakhs still bring a good team led by last year's stage winner Lars Boom and sprinter Andrea Guardini.

#bora BORA - Argon 18
Basically every rider on this 7-rider squad could go for glory on his day. A talented, strong and unpredictable team.

#stolting Stölting Service Group
The German team with a strong Danish contingent is going for stage wins according to their own preview. With Guldhammer, Kamp, Kirsch and Pedersen they have a number of riders who could achieve just that. The overall classification takes a back seat, but if a rider is well-placed, he will get the team's support.

#wanty Wanty - Groupe Gobert
Veteran sprinter Napolitano and younger fast guy Jans have to be looked out for in sprint finishes. Marcato is a veteran of the race and often at the front in Vejle, leading to a decent overall finish.

#onepro ONE Pro Cycling
The British outfit is the pro team with the second-largest local contingent, bringing all their three Danish riders. Mortensen and House are a guarantee for aggressive racing, Opie could show himself in the sprints, and Białobłocki will target the ITT.

#bardiani Bardiani - CSF
Another team that uses its own preview to announce the intention to win stages. Ruffoni, Sterbini, Zardini & co. usually show themselves well in Denmark.

#topsport Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
A long-time participant of the Danish stage race, this Flemish brings a number of talented riders waiting for their breakthrough. It could just happen here in Denmark.

#novonordisk Team Novo Nordisk
According to their own preview, they're targeting podiums and plan to race aggressively in breakaways - most likely going for the #kom jersey that's also sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

#roompot Roompot - Oranje Peloton
The Kreders and Markus will mix it up in the sprints, van Goethem came close to winning the hill jersey last year and may try for that again.

#trefor Virtu Pro - Veloconcept
With a new name and new title sponsors, ex-Team TREFOR brings its best riders to their season highlight. U23 ITT world champion Mads Würtz has to be one of the favourites for the ITT and may also want overall glory. And then there are also Kasper Asgreen, Andreas Hyldgaard or Mads Rahbek to keep an eye on.

#colocult Team coloQuick - CULT
Haugaard returned to a home team this year with the objective to ride a good Tour of Denmark. He has a.o. Alex Rasmussen and the talented U23 riders Rune Almindsø and Jonas Vingegaard at his side.

#bornholm Team Almeborg - Bornholm
Surprise Danish ITT champion Martin Toft is looking forward to show his champion's jersey in the ITT. But Mathias Dam Westergaard, Stefan Djurhuus, Jannik Hyldtoft & co. will also want to show themselves. Last year Dam Westergaard got to wear the #kom jersey on stage 3 - this is something they may target again.

#riwal Riwal Platform
A mix of routine and youth for the Danish Conti team with most UCI points this year. Jonas Aaen and Troels Vinther are very experienced ex-pros, Nicolai Brøchner is an up-and-coming sprinter. Jonas Gregaard is the 2015 U23 national champion, Andreas Stokbro a very talented rider in his first senior year.

#teamdk Team PostNord Danmark
Three riders on the national squad normally turn out for pro teams: #orica Magnus Cort, #giant Søren Kragh and #delko Asbjørn Kragh. Joined by five talented riders from Conti and amateur teams not at the race, they will certainly make the national team jersey seen at the front of the race.


TV broadcast
Good news! Even though the race will only be broadcast in Denmark, every stage will be live-streamed from start to finish!
I don't know yet whether the livestream will be geo-restricted or also available outside of Denmark. In any case, the race will be broadcast on dr.dk and on Danish TV channel DR1.
27/7: 15:30-17:50
28/7: 15:30-17:50
29/7: 15:30-17:50
30/7: 15:30-18:00
31/7: 14:00-17:00


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 1. mostly copied from my 2013 race thread
 2. as predicted by yours truly beforehand
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #2 on: July 27, 2016, 13:14 »
    Stage 1 is underway, currently passing through a rain shower.

    You can watch it all - unrestricted! - here: PostNord Danmark Rundt live
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #3 on: July 28, 2016, 08:17 »
    well, Lukas was right about the bridge, it did cause havoc...



    ...and the peloton (or parts of it) only rejoined on the last one or two laps of the finishing circuit. By that point Bennati and Würtz had already sneaked away though (initially together with Valgren and Kragh, who then overshot a corner), and Bena opened up a gap of something like 50m in a 150m sprint





    guys like Boom, Wegmann, Zardini or Mendes all lost quite a bit of time already and are basically out of gc contention already
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #4 on: July 28, 2016, 08:57 »
    both the complete live coverage and also the highlight show are available on dr.dk by the way, and unrestricted

    and even if Valgren doesn't manage to win the race, he will definitely take the price for the best haircut :cool

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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #5 on: July 28, 2016, 09:11 »
    somehow I thought today's finish was a new addition to the race, but it's exactly the same one as in 2013 (and also used for the 2009 Danish championships)



    ....with Matti Breschel taking the win both times (more or less gifted to him by Marko Kump in 2013 though)



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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #6 on: July 28, 2016, 09:12 »
    both the complete live coverage and also the highlight show are available on dr.dk by the way, and unrestricted
    Hm. It doesn't show for me: :(
    "We can only show this within Denmark, bla-bla ..."
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    « Reply #7 on: July 28, 2016, 09:15 »
    ah, okay, then it's my special DNS service that makes it watchable for me, didn't think about it
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #8 on: July 28, 2016, 13:09 »
    Mads Wurtz is prime position for the GC now I guess.
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #9 on: July 28, 2016, 13:10 »
    he may very well lose a minute or more tomorrow though
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #10 on: July 28, 2016, 13:14 »
    he may very well lose a minute or more tomorrow though

    That'll be the acid test, he should do well in the ITT.

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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #12 on: July 28, 2016, 13:25 »
    yeah, sure, but Søren Kragh for example isn't much worse. And I guess we will see attacks early on tomorrow, also from Tinkoff, Astana and so on
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #13 on: July 28, 2016, 13:48 »
    yeah, sure, but Søren Kragh for example isn't much worse. And I guess we will see attacks early on tomorrow, also from Tinkoff, Astana and so on

    True. I think Valgren really wants this.
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #14 on: July 28, 2016, 20:44 »
    Why are there none of the Norwegian Conti teams in this race? I am just curious, because Danish teams are frequently seen in the Norwegian races.
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #15 on: July 28, 2016, 20:58 »
    Why are there none of the Norwegian Conti teams in this race? I am just curious, because Danish teams are frequently seen in the Norwegian races.
    It's a 2.HC race.
    Meaning that until this year, you couldn't invite foreign Continental teams (unless you got a special dispensation from the UCI).
    The rules have been changed now (in no small part because the rule had become worth less than the paper it was written on, with several races inviting 1-2 foreign Conti races, including the Tour de Luxembourg and Tour of Britain), but the Tour of Denmark organisation isn't even inviting all Danish Conti teams. It would be near-impossible to explain the invitation of a foreign Continental team when not all local Conti teams have been included.


    That said, I've long held the view that it wouldn't hurt the race to have smaller squads per team. Few top teams can spare a full eight riders at this time of year, and that's one reason of several why the number of WT squads isn't as high as it once was.
    With 6-rider teams, you could invite 20 teams and would still 'only' have a peloton of 120. You could even invite up to 25 teams, the peloton would then be 150. Currently it's 128 (16x8) - I think 22x6=132 would be a reasonable number. 20-22 teams would allow for all Danish Continental teams (currently 6), a Danish national team, and up to 13-15 WT and ProConti teams. If you can only attract 12 pro teams, you can then pick 1-2 Norwegian or Swedish Conti teams.

    With the race sponsor now officially having changed name to PostNord (a merger of the Danish and Swedish postal systems), a more Scandinavian take, maybe with an extension to 6-8 race days, would make some sense.
    But of course, money is always an issue.
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #16 on: July 28, 2016, 21:03 »
    PostNord has a big presence in Norway as well, it runs a parallell package distribution system to the Norwegian Bring services but don't do good old paper letters. Could be nice for them to get some publicity here as well.
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #17 on: July 28, 2016, 21:07 »
    #stolting stage 1 report: http://bit.ly/PDR-S1

    This was my assessment of stage 2:
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    Tomorrow’s stage 2 starts on the Wadden Sea island of Rømø and heads roughly south-east until Sønderborg on the east coast of Jutland is reached after 185 km. With a westerly wind it could become a very fast stage, with the technical finishing circuit in Sønderborg – partly on cobbles and with an uphill finishing straight – deciding the stage winner.
    Turned out to be right on the money! :win

    Almost 46 km/h helped by a tailwind. Break got away after 40 km, was caught with 20 km to go as they started the finishing circuits. The final 3 km were nailbiting as #astana Boom went on the attack on the short cobbled climb, chased by a.o. #stolting Mads Pedersen & #tinkoff Michael Valgren. Boom was passed by Valgren on the final kilometre, but the peloton came blazing from behind.
    It looked as if the stage was to be decided between #yellow Hofland and #lblue Bennati, but #teamdk Magnus Cort beat them both with an amazing turn of speed at the end, taking his 4th PDR stage victory.



    #stolting stage 2 report: http://bit.ly/PDR-S2
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #18 on: July 29, 2016, 23:17 »
    Today's stage certainly lived up to expectations! :cool

    I'm just going to quote the #stolting race report, because it covers basically everything that happened today[1]:

    Stage 3 of the Tour of Denmark had been pinpointed as the best chance for a stage win by #stolting Team Stölting Service Group. Michael Carbel made the break of the day, and Mads Pedersen, Alexander Kamp, and Rasmus Guldhammer dominated the final. After an outstanding performance, Kamp was beaten only by #tinkoff Michael Valgren.

    Five riders formed the break 12 km into the 178 km stage from Aabenraa to Vejle and built an advantage of up to seven minutes. Michael Carbel was one of the five, taking one of four hill sprints on the day. At the first passage through Vejle after 135 km the group had fallen apart, with the peloton only a minute behind. Mads Pedersen made a move on the steep Gl. Kongevej/Chr. Winthersvej and bridged to the group with Carbel, but they were caught soon afterwards.

    However, Mads Pedersen didn't give up, attacked again a few kilometres later and made it to the front group. Five riders started the first ascent of the steep Kiddesvej together; here Mads dropped his companions and continued solo. On the first of three laps of the finishing circuit Mads kept a small advantage on the peloton that could never ease up. On the second Kiddesvej ascent Alexander Kamp attacked, easily recognisable in his Danish champion's outfit, passed Mads Pedersen and brought about a selection that a.o. got rid of overall leader #tinkoff Daniele Bennati.

    #stolting Team Stölting Service Group was now represented in the front group by Kamp, Pedersen and Rasmus Guldhammer who grew up in Vejle. Pedersen worked hard for his teammates, pulling one last time at the start of the penultimate Kiddesvej ascent with 6 km to go before dropping off. After the ascent, a front group of eight had formed including Rasmus Guldhammer and Alexander Kamp, but several riders came back from behind, meaning that about 20 riders started the final ascent together.

    Here, Valgren put in the decisive attack; #champdk Alexander Kamp wasn't in the very first positions and had to leave a gap on the climb. He could almost close this gap and eventually finished second on a very selective stage. Rasmus Guldhammer came in as 8th. Valgren takes the overall lead, Kamp is now third overall, with Guldhammer just behind in sixth.

    After the stage, Alexander Kamp said: “Today we saw a great effort by the whole team. Mads opened up the race and rode really strong, almost like a motorbike. The last time up Kiddesvej I'm a bit too far behind, boxed in by weaker riders who couldn't follow Valgren's attack, so I didn't get on his wheel immediately. It was my mistake, and it cost me the stage win. I'm disappointed not to win today as that was my target for the race. I will do my best in the time trial tomorrow, but it's far from my specialty, so I don't think I will keep my podium place.”

    Sports Director André Steensen explained the tactics on the stage: “We wanted to put someone in the break, that ended up being Michael Carbel,” he said. “Our hope was that they would last a bit longer, then we could have put real pressure on the other teams from 30 km to go, when Mads attacked for the second time. But Tinkoff may have smelled a rat, and the break was caught early.”

    Steensen continued: “For a long time, the stage wasn't raced hard, so we hard to go early. Mads sacrificed his own ambitions in order to make the race hard, opening up possibilities for Rasmus and Alexander Kamp in the peloton. Otherwise they'd just have rolled into Vejle, the peloton would have been 80 riders on the finishing circuits, making for a much easier stage. It was a strong performance by Mads, he put pressure on the peloton, Tinkoff had to suffer, and then Rasmus and Alexander did great on the finishing circuits. They tried time and again, and in the end Alexander almost made it. But Valgren is a great rider and was the best today. We made the race, raced for the win and gave it all, so I'm satisfied.”

    Tomorrow's 19.6 km individual time trial in Nyborg is expected to decide the general classification.

     1. except #teamdk Torkil Veyhe chasing back on all by himself after puncturing 1 km after the break formed, and #jumbo Keizer's attack shortly before Mads P's second move
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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #19 on: July 30, 2016, 20:26 »
    #onepro Marcin Białobłocki was the third rider off the start ramp - and his time of 23'24"890 stood for some time. #champdk Martin Toft was the first to beat him (in 23'21"580), and Toft occupied the hotseat for quite a while. #astana Lars Boom beat the Danish ITT champion by less than a second (23'20"760), making Toft rue his dropping the chain in the early part of the course. Less than 20 minutes later, though, #trefor Mads Würtz sped towards the finish, bettering Boom's time by a whole eight seconds!

    The #rainbow U23 ITT world champ rode the 19.6 km in 23'12"290, and his time looked good for the stage win. Only overall leader #lblue Michael Valgren and #teamdk Magnus Cort came anywhere close in 23'22"260 and 23'29"950, placing 4th and 6th respectively.
    Valgren keeps the overall lead ahead of tomorrow's final stage, but with Cort only 12" behind, he can't celebrate just yet. With his stellar ITT, Würtz leapfrogs onto the podium.

    From a #stolting perspective, the day didn't turn out great. Kamp didn't expect to stay on the podium and did alright, dropping down to 7th overall. Rasmus Guldhammer however suffered a puncture after a promising start to the ITT, losing 90 seconds in the bike change. You can read the full team report here: http://bit.ly/PDR-S4

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    Re: PostNord Danmark Rundt
    « Reply #20 on: August 02, 2016, 21:00 »
    To finish this up, the final stage didn't cause any significant changes.
    Well, unless you ask #riwal Nicolai Brøchner who lost his #kom jersey ...

    A break (with #stolting Mads P) got up the road and took the first hill sprint, then they were brought back by #teamdk who wanted to launch Cort for the intermediate sprint. He took 3" there, but #lblue Valgren also got one - the time difference was now 10"690, meaning that it wouldn't be enough for Cort to win the sprint. As it was, he didn't even reach the top-10, so all the number games were for nought.

    After the intermediate sprint, a new breakaway formed and was chased mostly by #riwal who wanted to reel them in before #topsport de Gendt could wrest the #kom jersey off Brøchner on Valby Bakke. In the end, they didn't succeed, but it made the race a very fast one with an average of almost 49 km/h.

    The escapees weren't entirely without a chance, but #stolting Guldhammer's attack with three laps to go of the Frederiksberg circuit (that was raced ten times), when they were still 40" ahead, may have been a bit too early. The last remnants of the break were caught on the final lap, and we got the expected mass sprint.

    #jumbo had been at the front for the last two laps, but Hofland was beaten to the line by #bora Bauhaus who rode very cleverly, drifting around Bennati in the final corner to get into Hofland's wheel.

    Here's the #stolting report: http://bit.ly/PDR-S5






    Stage winners:
    Stage 1 #tinkoff Daniele Bennati
    Stage 2 #teamdk Magnus Cort Nielsen
    Stage 3 #tinkoff Michael Valgren
    Stage 4 #trefor Mads Würtz Schmidt
    Stage 5 #bora Phil Bauhaus

    Classification winners:
    #lblue Michael Valgren (Tinkoff)
    #yellow Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff)
    #kom Aimé de Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
    #white Mads Würtz Schmidt (Virtu Pro-Veloconcept)
    #combat Lars Boom (Astana Pro Team)
    #team Tinkoff
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